Among the top quartile of individuals with high RBD-specific IgG antibodies, 100 per cent of those vaccinated with Sputnik V were able to neutralise Omicron variant in comparison to 83.3 per cent of individuals vaccinated with Pfizer. Among all samples, 74.2 per cent of Sputnik V-vaccinated sera were able to neutralise Omicron vs 56.9 per cent for Pfizer-vaccinated.
NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul drew attention to the fact that there are still about 1 crore people (in the over 60 age group) who are yet to get their first dose and 25 per cent are yet to get a second dose.
As per the data today released by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, with an active caseload of over 78k, Odisha has been listed as the eight-most active burdened state in the country.
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India on Wednesday reported 2,82,970 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, which is a rise of over 18 per cent from the previous day's count.
The prevalence of long Covid among patients with mild/moderate infection was 23.4% as compared to 62.5% in severe/critical cases. The most common long Covid symptom is fatigue (64.8%) followed by cough (32.4%), the study found.
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While Omicron seems to cause less severe disease than other variants, Fauci said the sheer volume of cases could have a meaningful effect on collective immunity.
Khordha district reported highest 3424 cases of Covid-19 infections, followed by Sundargarh (2136), Cuttack (829), Sambalpur (379), Mayurbhanj (276) and Sonepur (238).
Pointing out some important facts about Omicron, health expert Jayant Panda said that the Covid-19 mutant strain remains in throat and does not infect chest, nor does it make a patient serious.
Other hallmarks of the virus such as a runny nose, fever and cough are still just as likely to be experienced by sufferers of the new variant.
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The study comes at a time when the Omicron variant is spreading like a wildfire across the globe, including India. South Africa has witnessed the fourth wave which is now flattening.
A total of 6,041 Omicron cases has been detected so far, an increase of 5.01 per cent since Friday, the data updated at 8 am showed.
All major Covid 19 vaccines have been developed against the original strain of SARS CoV-2. While these have proved highly effective, they need to be reinvented to combat newer variants like Omicron which has the potential to escape vaccine immunity.
Owing to the third wave surge these days, the Capital Hospital has been struggling to maintain healthcare services up to the mark.
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South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first reported, saw a 9 per cent fall in weekly infections.
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A Covid Care Centre has been set up at the Neelachal Bhakta Niwas where administration of precautionary doses to the servitors aged above 60 years started on Thursday.
AstraZeneca said this data adds to the growing body of evidence supporting Vaxzevria as a third dose booster, irrespective of the primary vaccination schedules tested.
At the same time, while the immunisations remain very effective at preventing severe disease and death, they do not fully prevent transmission.
The Orissa High Court on Wednesday announced to shut down its operations for five days till January 17 in view of the surge in cases of COVID among court staff.